Yes, it is HOT outside. But we can’t let the steamy temperatures keep us cooped up in our homes. We need to get the kids out of the house for everyone’s sanity! We’re staying refreshed with some ice cold Waterloo Sparkling Water, naturally flavored with a variety of our kids’ favorite fruits — watermelon, black cherry, lemon, mango and more — and also contains zero sugar, sodium, or calories. Pack a few in a mini cooler on your way out the door, and then try one of these ideas for what to do with the kids in Austin when it’s just too hot to handle.

–> Head to the water!

In Austin, you can choose from several municipal pools that charge an affordable entrance fee. You can also check out one of the area splash pads. Don’t assume that these are just for itty bitty kiddos because even the big kids can have a blast splashing. And of course there are some gorgeous swimming holes in the area, as well as water parks near to Austin. Pack up your gear and take a little day trip to the water.

Nothing beats the cool waters of Barton Springs Pool.

Free Pools in Austin
Splash Pads
Quarry Splash Pad
Best Swimming Holes
— Hamilton Pool Preserve
Blue Hole Regional Park
Emma Long Metro Park
Where to Swim in the Barton Creek Greenbelt
Water Parks & Amusement Parks
Rock’N River Water Park
Schlitterbahn Water Park
— Typhoon Texas Water Park
Volente Beach Water Park

You can’t beat the beauty of downtown Austin from the views of Lady Bird Lake. Get out there in a canoe, paddle boat or kayak, or opt for a leisurely cruise.

Where to Rent Kayaks, Canoes & SUPs on Lady Bird Lake
Best Way to See the Bats: Lone Star Riverboat Cruise

Seeing the bats is an Austin summer tradition.

–> Indoor Play

Sometimes you just need to let the kids GO WILD and get their energy out where you can keep your cool inside an icy air-conditioned play space. Bounce, climb, jump! Or even go bananas playing arcade games! Happy kids, happy parents. No over-heating.


Score big & keep cool indoors at an arcade!

Top Place to Play Indoors in Austin
Indoor Places for Jumping Fun
Arcades in Austin
— Reviews: Mt. Playmore, Austin Bouldering Project, iFly Austin, Crux Climbing Center, Catch Air Round Rock, Dart’Em Up, Epic Fun

–> Museums

Chill out on a little family field trip. Appreciate art, study artifacts, learn about Texas history, or engage in fun educational activities.

Fun Austin Museums for Kids
5 Children’s Museums Near Austin That Are Worth the Trip
When to Visit Austin Museums for Free

Enjoy art and a/c at our area museums.

–> Summer Reading

Library Summer Reading Programs are jam-packed full of puppet shows, music, and beyond-the-basics story time events. We’re thrilled to support Austin Public Library’s summer program. Get reading to win free prize books!

APL’s Summer Reading Program — Books, Music, Crafts & Prizes
Reading Incentive Programs

Reading is a favorite summer pastime!

 –> Frosty Treats

Go ahead and indulge in some delicious cold treats to help you cool off on these hot days.

—  Where to Get Cold Treats in Austin
Best Ice Cream in Austin

We all scream for ice cream!

–> Movies

You gotta love settling into a nice cold movie theatre for a few hours of entertainment with the family.

Free & Dirt Cheap Summer Movies
Sound & Cinema
See Movies & Win Prizes with the Summer Fun Card
Alamo Kids Camp Summer Movies
Family Movie Listings (By Date)

Don’t forget your Fun Cards when you head into an Alamo Drafthouse this summer!

Stay cool out there, friends!
And enjoy the rest of your summer!